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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Feb 15, 2011 11:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1973: Heat Wave In The Frozen Tundra

cc, thanks for bringing this one up. I love this show, always have. A few of us drove up from Illinois and were glad we did. Madison was such a friendly and inviting town at the time (still is), and such a different vibe and a nice counterpoint to the Chicago Stockyards show a few days later. I second all of your comments on the energy and clarity of this performance in the Heartland.

I have one minor complaint though. I've had a cassette copy of this soundboard since the early eighties. And even though this is clearly an upgrade in sound - most noticeably, less generational tape hiss, I must complain about the unfortunate - and really unnecessary tape splice in this source's Looks Like Rain . . . aaarrrgh. Jerry was having some serious amp or cord issues as you can hear briefly. As the crackle and buzz started to overtake his solo, he whacked his amp a couple of times and then it went completely dead - no sounds at all - and Keith stepped in, without missing a beat, and played a gorgeous heartfelt piano solo to fill the void. The old 'sow's ear into a silk purse' trick. I have no Idea why Dick Latvala or Mike Hall would bother to take the time to edit and splice out a truly serendipitous moment, as my old cassette source has the complete performance - warts and all. In my opinion, the edit has made this 'archival' recording of such a classic show a little less 'real' by removing these few minutes of band synergy. Nonetheless, please don't let my little expose' of this oddity turn any new listeners away from this otherwise fine recording and superb little Springtime show.

cc, your post subject line is so perfect, as this Madison show and the 2/22 Champaign-Urbana show from a week later have long been audio harbingers of Spring to me - so fresh, light and breezy - tunes well played to blow the cold Winter away. In fact, these two shows, along with Chicago 2/19 and St. Paul 2/17 make for a wonderful eight day touring sequence. In the spirit and excitement of the recent Europe '72 Box buzz, I just made a four-pack of highlights of these four nights to pass on to a friend.

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Feb 15, 2011 10:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1973: Heat Wave In The Frozen Tundra

that splice is a shame, it's not often that keith solos like that...reminds me of the 9/21/72 Bird Song when he steps up beautifully while Gracia changes a broken string.

i must say sir, you a lucky "duck" to have attended this legendary performance!

and i totally agree, feb. 73 is just an amazing run of shows. along with feb. 69, it is probably one of my favorite months of music in the band's history!

though this one is my favorite, i love the others you mentioned as well. the 2/26 and 2/28 shows featured on Dicks Picks, #28 also has some incredible music, and the short snippet from 2/24 is a must hear.

This post was modified by clementinescaboose on 2011-02-16 05:58:33

This post was modified by clementinescaboose on 2011-02-16 06:02:31